The land around Lodz Voivodeship is rich with forests where one can get lost for long hours of trail, dirt and service road exploration.
Being local and having spent a lot of time riding around some of the surrounding forestry land I know it like the back of my hand. Yet there’s still a lot to be discovered further away from home than a days ride can take me.
Other times I would navigate past history slowly overgrowing with moss and mineral deposits.
This bunker has served for only two days 4-5. September 1939. giving shelter to the soldiers of the Polesian Infantry Division of Army Lodz defending the lines along the river Widawa against oncoming German forces. The whole frontline was spread along 70 kilometres.
We carry the blood of two millennia of shining, towering history with us, and only a quiet radiance remained from the wreaths and ribbons, which bound it.”
A lot of Polish soldiers shared his fate during the Invasion of Poland, September 1939. Traveling east of Poland you won’t find this date on many monuments.
For Poles it was the begging of WWII. Russians see the year 1941 as the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.
Heading further west I encounter lot’s of marked cycling trails. Unfortunately the are no signs indicating trail names, this makes later internet research futile.
For most of the time my paths cross forests, sometimes leading into villages on gravel roads – great opportunity to stock up on some treats.
Time for lunch composed of fresh veggies and home baked bread, hot coffee is mandatory.
It’s very late October but some of the flowers are still in bloom.
Between Sieradz and Zdunska Wola I hop on some tarmac and then into the next forest. The sun is low and I’m after a nice camping spot.
After a quiet and rather warm night I awaken under some clear skies. Here’s my chance to enjoy sunrays hitting the tree crowns under slack angles, a view to remember.
The morning is extremely beautiful. On days like this I’m glad to be out and riding so early.
Meadows lacking the tree cover show signs of a frosty night.
This trip is the first occasion to test Surlys new 29+ platform on a long distance trip. My first impressions are quite positive, although I’m still reserved when it comes to its place in more traditional touring. On the way are standard 29er wheels with a QR15 thru axle dynamo hub and a decent 120mm of front suspension – outcome of experiences, thoughts and discussions shared with Nikola.
Leaving the forest my head immediately gets under a blanket of clear blue skies and I encounter more bunkers of Army Lodz – this time on the Warta defence line.
Some nice trails point me in the direction the reservoirs banks.
Water level is very low – a great opportunity to ride on the bottom of the lake.
Once it got to soft to ride another local cycling trail came with help. Blue and yellow trails – this colour combination brings back memories of good times in Ukraine.
Arriving at my Grandmothers it’s time to come in terms with all the consequences of this visit.
…and sour rye soup – a Polish (and my grandmothers) speciality.
All in all this kind of riding with a bit of orienteering thrown in seems to suit me best. If only time is not a concern.